New York parents Kathy and Jeff Blank spoke out last December after they dropped off their 21-month-old son, Max, at day care and later discovered his finger had been severed.
Staff at The Learning Experience in Dobbs Ferry told the family that the boy’s hand was shut in a door but failed to mention the serious injury, Dearly reported.
Jeff said the child’s grandmother noticed the wound. He told CBS New York:
“She took the paper towel off, saw his exposed bone and saw the top of his finger had been severed… and they had it in a paper towel.”
The day care was closed for several days and fined $5,000 following the incident, but it later reopened.
It’s already faced two additional “serious incidents,” according to the New York Post.
On January 13, there was a report that there were “children left alone without competent supervision” after a teacher left the room.
And on January 23, a box cutter was found left out in an empty classroom, according to the Office of Children and Family Services.
Max’s mom said she doesn’t know why the day care stayed open after her son had his finger severed. She told the Post:
“Our biggest question is why were they allowed to reopen in the first place.”
According to the Rockland/Westchester Journal News, federal investigators recently discovered that New York failed to implement required background checks on day care workers.
The checks were supposed to go into place last fall but didn’t. The Learning Center, the chain of day cares where Max was injured, advertises “no experience required” for workers, according to the Post.
However, day care spokesman Gregory Salsburg said in a previous statement that the staff in charge of the Dobbs Ferry location is well-versed in child care.
The day care worker watching Max at the time of his injury was let go, Salsburg said:
“The supervisory staff member that had been in charge of day to day operations at the center has been terminated, and we have put in place executive team members with over 50 combined years of childcare experience.”
Another location in Long Island has its license “pending revocation” by the state due to a number of violations.
As of now, the day care center where Max was injured will remain open.